SDCC 2016: 6 Twitter Feeds to Follow During the Con

Welcome to the Monday before Comic Con International: San Diego! Are you constantly panicking about potentially having forgotten something or not completed a deadline before the con? That’s cool. All of us are. Heck, I’m taking it pretty easy this year and I’m still a mess.

To ease some of your potential anxiety and/or build up your excitement for the weekend, I was originally going to tweet out a quick list of great feeds to follow during the con — but then I realized that each of these Twitter feeds (and the people behind them) bring something very unique to the table, so I’ve decided to jot up a slightly-less-quick list with their specialties and other notes. Here are my top picks for Twitter feeds you should be following by Wednesday of this year’s San Diego Comic Con!

1. Parks and Cons

I have no idea how, but the folks behind @ParksandCons are constantly highlighting events at theme parks, conventions, and events all over the place, and their coverage is awesome. Wanna see pictures of what’s going on around the Gaslamp ahead of the con?  Follow them for early updates and a chance and finding out where all the good swag is.

2. Crazy 4 Comic Con

Tony Kim is @Crazy4ComicCon. He’s constantly engaged with upcoming events at the convention, and heads up a few great panels. Tony knows SDCC inside out because of his well-researched expertise and his knack for making friends with literally every human on the planet.

3.  Hall H Line

These crazy kids are already trekking around the con area for first-looks at this year’s Comic-Con! @HallHLine is part comedy, part informative, and all fun. This account is great for when you’re stuck in any line, really, because they go above and beyond to engage with the folks that follow them.

4. The Nerdy Girlie

Megan Gotch is one of my favorite bloggers on the planet because of her positive attitude and her incredible taste in the visuals that accompany all of her work. Her account, @TheNerdyGirlie, shares helpful blog posts and on-the-go tips for Comic Con. Think of this account as a series of reminders for things you’d otherwise forget and regret later! BONUS: Megan’s annual SDCC Instagram Photo Hunt looks like so much fun.

5. An Englishman in San Diego

@EnglishmanSDCC is exactly what he sounds like: an English guy who really, really, really loves Comic-Con. Leonard hosts A Cup O’ Tea SDCC, a weekly podcast all about Comic-Con, and is constantly updating his followers on special things to check out during the weekend. He’s also hilarious, and a blast to follow.

6. Friends of Comic Con

If you’re looking for seasoned SDCC attendees who can help you out without any old-blood snobbery, @FriendsofCCI is the account to turn to. There’s a constant stream of great tips, news updates, and other helpful things to know about surviving the weekend, so this account is a must-follow if you’re a first timer.

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SDCC 2016: 5 Apps For Summer Con Survival

Here it is, folks: June. With the thick layer of unexpected heat comes California’s massive summer con season, which includes hits like San Diego Comic Con, Anime Expo, ColossalCon, and many more. With busy days and varying schedules, the average con attendee might not use every app on their phone — but there are plenty that I’ve found helpful, and I wanted to share those before “con season” truly began to set in.

NerdOut! – Connect With Your Community

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NerdOut (Apple/Android) is a self-described “mobile nerd event calendar”, and thanks to a community of editors, it is easily one of the best guides to local events for anyone looking to familiarize themselves. Specific, big panels for conventions, as well as great after parties and cosplay gatherings, can often be found in this app. NerdOut is easy to use and has been my go-to for evenings at my favorite conventions for months.

Plant Nanny – Water Consumption

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One of the biggest reasons that people leave conventions on stretchers (or rather, the least horrible reason) is dehydration. Plant Nanny (Apple/Android) is my daily app for monitoring my water intake, and it functions as a cute game as well. Players are given a plant to raise, and the less water that planet gets (according to your diet plan) the quicker it dies. Since the plantsare adorable, that kind ofguilt can weigh on you enough to go grab a glass. It’s not intrusive, but it often does the trick when I need to keep my water up, and that;s important at a con where it’s very easy to forget.

CosPlanner – For The Meticulous Cosplayer

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I’m not big on cosplay, but when I do decide to dress up, I try to do it to my best ability. CosPlanner (Apple/Android) is a greatresource for organizing your costumes, planning out and budgeting for future projects, and effeciently performing that final check before packing your costume away for the convention.

Lyft – Or Any App For Quick Transportation

Shanghai, China. February 13th 2014. Driver images for UBER marketing content.
Shanghai, China. February 13th 2014. Driver images for UBER marketing content.

This one is optional, but I always try to have an app handy for quick transportation back to my hotel from the con. Whether you’ve had a long day in a bulky costume or you’re crawling back from the evening’s festivities, it’s always best to take a car so that you get homesafe and stress-free. There are plenty of apps out there, so choose the one that’s best for you.

The Official Convention App

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Many conventions are building their own apps that include their full maps and schedules, ways to plan out your day, and even (with some) the ability to connect with other convention goers during the convention. One of my favorite examples of these apps would be New York Comic Con’s official app, which went the extra mile last year and included a way for attendees to report any unsafe activity, and allowed them to call for help from convention staff discreetly. Check the convention’s website ahead of time to see if they don’t have an app. In the event that they don’t, plugging the schedule PDF into a good reader will help you locate events and schedule points in a slightly less maddening manner.

As we head into convention season, I hope this guide helped you have an even better time than you were already going to have. Enjoy the rest of your 2016 con season!

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